Centrals help SEQ secure U19 title

CENTRAL Districts continues to churn out some of the region's best young cricketers.

The South East Queensland under-19s, featuring three Centrals players, won the South Queensland Championships at Gympie over the weekend, winning the O'Dea Shield - a prize they last claimed in 2009.

SEQ, coached by Ipswich's Aaron Moore and Nigel Salter, beat Darling Downs Country on Saturday and Wide Bay on Sunday. Centrals trio Luke Barrett, Jack Young and Chris Lehmann performed well.

Barrett and Young shared the leading wicket takers trophy, with five each.

Barrett was selected in the South Queensland team to play North Queensland under-19s at Allan Border Field next month.

Centrals top order batsman Tim Leschke made the team last year and went on to represent Queensland Country.

SEQ made 170 on Saturday to beat Darling Downs Country by 15 runs.

On Sunday SEQ scored 4-224 against Wide Bay with Barrett hitting 30 not out. He then took 4-26 with his left-arm spin to help restrict them to 183.

"It's very pleasing any time you win it," SEQ co-coach and South East Queensland Cricket president Nigel Salter said.

"We had a pretty comprehensive win on Saturday.

"Luke bowled very, very well and deserved his spot in the South Queensland side.

"Jack was a bit unlucky.

"He bowls medium pace and is a bit of an all-rounder.

"He can hit the ball pretty hard but didn't get a bat (on Sunday)."

Lehmann was plagued by no-ball issues on Saturday but bounced back to bowl well on Sunday.

Salter praised Central Districts' junior program but was sorry more Ipswich players did not turn up for the selection trials.

"From an Ipswich point of view that was probably the most disappointing aspect," he said.

"There are some good quality young kids about but they have to get down to the trials."

The under 17s get their chance with SEQ selection trials at Dauth Park, Beenleigh on Friday from 5pm.

Salter encouraged Ipswich players to attend, with the South Queensland under-17 championships to be held at the Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex, Amberley, on October 29-30.



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